Cisse Gets Late Goal But Senegal Lose 3-1 To Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast were much the better side today in Abidjan against Senegal in the first leg of the World Cup playoff, and were 2-0 up after 14 minutes and 3-0 up after 49 minutes, and while they were much the better side and could have had more goals, it was Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse who scored a good opportunist goal five minutes into injury time, to give his country some hope in the second leg in Casablanca next  month.

vory coast vs senegal oct 2013

Ivory Coast before the game with Tiote front and center

Ivory Coast got a goal after only four minutes and Gervinho was tripped by Cheikhou Kouyate in the box, and the referee had no choice but to point to the penalty spot, and it was a terrible tackle by the Senegal defender.

That man Didier Drogba made no mistake, and sent Coundoul the wrong way to put the home side 1-0 up – but poor defending from Senegal.

And then after 14 minutes Ivory Coast were two up as Liverpool’s Salomon Kalou came out of defense and gave the impressive Gervinho the ball on the left wing, and the former Arsenal man cut inside and had the ball in the back of the net, as it deflected off a Senegal defender.

Gervinho was proving too much for Senegal on the left wing, and Senegal tried to raise their game to get back into the match, but the Ivorians were the better side in the first half and led 2-0.

Cheick Tiote had a solid first half but Papiss Cisse was getting no support up front for Senegal.

Five minutes into the second half and Ivory Coast were 3-0 up, and it was a quick counter attack that caught Senegal short at the back, and it was Gervinho again, this time putting a beautiful ball through to former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, who took his chance well as he slid the ball past the goalkeeper, and it was now always going to be difficult for Senegal.

Senegal tried to attack more but couldn’t get that vital goal, but then a full five minutes into injury time Papiss Cisse scored an instinctive goal, as he smashed the loose ball into the back of the net from about eight yards out.

Papiss really delivers for his country and that’s his 15th goals in 28 appearances for Senegal,  and that goal could be a vital for Senegal, and the match finished 3-1 but Ivory Coast were much the better side today.

The second leg is in Casablanca next month.

Alan Pardew and Newcastle fans will be happy to see Papiss back on the goal trail, and he’s the third Newcastle player to score for his country over the last day, with both Cabaye and Debuchy scoring for France last night.

Maybe that means we are going to hammer Liverpool at home next Saturday? 😀

We’ll see.


Ivory Coast: Barry, Boka, Bamba, Aurier, Zokora, Tiote, Die, Toure, Gervinho, Drogba, Kalou (Sio 50).
Subs: Gbohouo, Viera, Toure, Romaric, Allegne, Bony, Gosso, Angoua, Gradel, Traore, Keita.
Goals: Drogba (pen) 5, Gervinho 14, Kalou 49

Senegal: Coundoul, Ludovic Sane, Kouyate, Gassama, Souare, Diame, Gueye, N’Diaye (Mane 45), Cisse, Sow, N’Doye.

Subs: Ndiaye, Mison Djilobodji, Mbodji, Saivet, Cissokho, Ibra, Badji, Sougou, Salif Sane, M’Bengue, Ndoye.

14 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Did I read that right? There’s going to be a protest march? WTF? Do these people realise that each time they go to protest at the gates of St. James, the rest of the country laughs. This march will be the laughing stock of the world.

    Two things to conisder:
    1) It looks even more stupid and unworthy when compared to a normal march, (Jarrow march, The civil rights march of Alabama, Tianeman square, Berlin Wall) A group of well fed grown men protesting that they’re football team won’t spend millions of pounds is shameful. There’s much worse things going on in the world and in this country, and these people don’t bat an eyelid.

    2) No potential chairmen will ever look at buying a club with such crazy fans. I’ve heard people praise Levski Sofia fans for storming a press conference, and forcing their new manager to resign. That club will now struggle to get any manager at all, likewise we’ll not attract any bidders.

    We’re only a good manager away from being a good team. Look at Gateshead since they sacked Anth Smith

  • Ciaran

    Oct 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Liverpool fans protested and they got a new owner, so you’re assertion that protest marches put off potential investors isn’t true is it?

    I’m also pretty sure that no one is comparing this march to human rights marches, or civil rights marches. Whether there is worse things going on in the world people are taking action for a cause that is close to their heart. Why is that a shameful thing?

  • Ciaran

    Oct 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #3


  • kilcline

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I see we are linked with Micah Richards, wow what a signing he would be, mark my words, this lad should be Englands first choice centre back alongside Jones in the future, be a great signing and can play right back.

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Good solid win by England yesterday. They showed some attacking prowess finally in the second half but the own goal really deflated our visitors. I see 10 points from our next 12 games which would give us 20 points from 19 games. A bit hairy in the second half of the season if that comes true.

  • SeanNufc87

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    So who on this blog is going to this march then? Im assuming you wont be ruddy? Your in Ireland aren’t you? Or am I confusing you with someone else?

  • Ciaran

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #7


    I’ve moved over to Newcastle. Yes I will be going to the march.

  • BDin9

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Not me now. I’ve put my Little red book away

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #9

    I think the march is a good idea as long as it remains peaceful. I wish I could be there. Ashley needs the odd wakeup call or he just thinks any old thing will do for the club.

  • gaz 44

    Oct 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Just speaking to some Ajax fans, they all think Anita best position is left back or right back. The reason Ajax sold is as he wanted to play centre mid but they didn’t feel he was good enough

  • Graeme

    Oct 12, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ll be in Newcastle for the match, but wont be joining in any marches thats for sure.

  • Harley

    Oct 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Kilcline your words are marked!!!!!

    The march is stupid and pointless. Gave my reasons in depth the other night.

    Great win for England last night. Unbeaten and 4 goals conceded. I don’t know where all of the criticism is coming from. No other fans would criticise their team as much; oh hang on!

  • Ciaran

    Oct 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Read this article which I found a pretty good read given that the guy who wrote it originally didn’t support the march.

  • Sav

    Oct 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Weren’t we linked with Kouyate one time?


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